Batavia Downs 2018 meet is in the books December 20, 2018

Batavia, NY — The 67-night session of harness racing at Batavia Downs for 2018 wrapped up on Saturday (Dec. 15) with both highs and lows being noted. Whereas many competitive races were witnessed over the oldest lighted harness track in America, fewer races overall affected the Downs handle for the meet. The main reason for fewer races was a lack of available horses to race. … Continue reading Batavia Downs 2018 meet is in the books »

Batavia Downs horses of the meet announced December 13, 2018

Akron, NY — With the Batavia Downs meet coming to a close this Saturday (Dec. 15) the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced their horses of the meet. Horse of the Meet-In Runaway Bay N In Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown) raced in the top pacing class at Batavia Downs 13 times in 2018, more than … Continue reading Batavia Downs horses of the meet announced »

Monti, Perrin are top horsemen of Batavia meet December 13, 2018

Akron, NY — The final weekend of racing at Batavia Downs kicks off on Friday (Dec. 14) and although 26 more races are yet to be contested, there are two that have already been settled. The dash winning driver and trainer for the 2018 meet are Drew Monti and JD Perrin. This is the second driving title for Drew Monti at Batavia Downs and third … Continue reading Monti, Perrin are top horsemen of Batavia meet »

UNY USHWA names Riley Asher-Stalbaum Rising Star December 11, 2018

Akron, NY — She was born to race and hit the ground running this, her first year of training. And hard work and perseverance has paid instant dividends for Riley Asher-Stalbaum and that is why she was named the 2018 Rising Star at Batavia Downs by the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA). Asher-Stalbaum was brought up in the … Continue reading UNY USHWA names Riley Asher-Stalbaum Rising Star »

Steve Pratt to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from UNY USHWA December 10, 2018

Akron, NY — The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced that Steve Pratt will receive their Lifetime Achievement Award during the Night of Distinction at Batavia Downs on Friday (Dec. 14). Pratt first got his grooms license in 1970 and from there has been involved in harness racing ever since. He has been training and racing horses … Continue reading Steve Pratt to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from UNY USHWA »

Kevin Cummings sidelined until 2019 December 10, 2018

Batavia, NY — After being involved in an accident at Batavia Downs late last week, perennial western New York driving leader Kevin Cummings will not return to action until next year. While driving in the first race on Friday night (Dec. 7) Cummings horse made a break causing the horse directly behind to collide into him, hitting Cummings on the left-side back at full speed. … Continue reading Kevin Cummings sidelined until 2019 »

Lucky McTrucky overpowers Open field at Batavia December 9, 2018

Batavia, NY — Lucky McTrucky got back to his winning ways taking the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec.8). The feature field got away in post position order leaving Cultural Paradise (Jim McNeight Jr.) on top calling the shots and with no pressure to the half, it was a soft fraction of :58 flat. However that would soon change when … Continue reading Lucky McTrucky overpowers Open field at Batavia »

Two in a row for Empire Earl N at Batavia December 8, 2018

Batavia, NY — After going winless since September 7 when he trotted a season’s best 1:56.3, Empire Earl N has regained early season form winning two consecutive top-class races at Batavia Downs. The second score came on Friday night (Dec.7) when he captured the $11,000 Open Handicap trot. Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) got away third as Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) made a beeline … Continue reading Two in a row for Empire Earl N at Batavia »

Batavia Downs final week draw schedule December 7, 2018

Batavia, NY — Horsemen racing at Batavia Downs should take note of the draw schedule for the final week of racing for 2018. There will be a double draw held on Tuesday (Dec. 11) for Friday (Dec. 14) and Saturday (Dec. 15) with the box closing at 9 a.m. After the draw, the judges will also close both programs on Tuesday (Dec. 11). Also please … Continue reading Batavia Downs final week draw schedule »

It’s Sportsmuffler again in Batavia mares Open December 6, 2018

Batavia, NY — As the weather gets colder, she keeps getting bolder. Sportsmuffler continued to dominate the local distaff colony by winning the $10,400 fillies and mares Open handicap pace with little effort on a cold night at Batavia Downs on Monday (Dec.5). Driver Billy Davis Jr. left three-wide with the 1-5 Sportsmuffler and out-dueled Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) to the catbird seat from where … Continue reading It’s Sportsmuffler again in Batavia mares Open »